North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO3 2016

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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V O L U M E 6 9 ( 2 0 1 6 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 457 N E W M E X I C O singing near Las Trampas, Taos 6 Jun (JP), one near Mineral Hill, San Miguel 7 Jun (CR), and one in Mills Canyon, Harding 20 Jun (CR). A Eastern Phoebe pair was nesting under a Mora River bridge at Golondrinas 4 Jun–5 Jul (R. Plage). Two Vermilion Flycatchers were ne. to Trigg Ranch, e. San Miguel 2 Jul (MM) and a territorial pair was at Bosque Redondo Lake near Fort Sumner 3 Jun (MB). A vocal Dusky- capped Flycatcher was far e. to Rattlesnake Springs 7 Jun (ph. RN); in the sw., Dusky- cappeds continued to press northward, includ - ing a vocal 2 at Black Canyon Campground, ne. Grant 6 Jun (MR), one vocal at Cherry Creek Campground 2 Jun (M. Cooksey), 2 in the Burro Mountains in Jun (JBS), and one along the Gila River at Virden 5 Jul (DC). A Brown- crested Flycatcher along Tierra Blanca Creek, w. Sierra 19 Jun (DJC) provided a new locale; unusual was another near Radium Springs 2-3 Jul (MS, JZ). A vocal Thick-billed Kingbird that wandered far n. to Tierra Blanca Creek 13 Jun (ph. DJC) provided a Black Range first. VIREOS THROUGH WARBLERS Up to 2 White-eyed Vireos were at the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve 30 May–6 Jun (T. Taylor, JB, BF, CR, D. Paez); one singing at Rattlesnake Springs 12 Jul (ph. RN) continued there 24 Jul (SW). Unseasonable was a Cassin's Vireo at the Gila Bird Area, Grant 7 Jul (JBS). Purple Martins were nesting at 3050 m in aspens n. of Jacks Morgan Lake 12 Jun (ph. MB); early were 3 at E.B.L. 14 Jul (ph. DJC). OWLS THROUGH KINGBIRDS Elf Owls are well established in the Black Range, where surveys of four transects from Hillsboro n. to Chloride docu - mented 15 active territories 10-20 Jun (DC). Noteworthy for Harding, a pair of Long-eared Owls was suspected of nest - ing in an oak grove on Alamacitos Creek 30 Jun (ph. M. Watson). Mexican Whip- poor-wills in n. ranges included vocal ones in the Zuni Mountains 17 Jul (CR, WE), Jemez Mountains 5 Jun (WE), and in three canyons in the Sandia Mountains 4-27 Jun (CR, JJ, S. Fitzgerald). Up to 12 Black Swifts were in the Jemez Falls area Jun–Jul (m.ob.), including an ad. on a nest 4 Jul (ph. WE). High counts for Chim - ney Swifts were 6 at Clayton 15 Jul (DH) and 11 at Tucumcari 17 Jul (WE); one was w. to Las Vegas 7 Jun (CR). A female Lucifer Hum - mingbird was in upper Cottonwood Canyon, Peloncillo Mountains 25 Jul (ph. NH, WE); Lucifers peaked at 24 in P. O. Canyon 6 Jun (CL). Among the earliest Rufous Humming - birds were single males at Cedar Crest 26 Jun (D. Ligon) and Farmington 28 Jun (D. Allen); a male Calliope reached Silver City 7 Jul (E. Lewis). Broad-billed Hummingbird contin - ued its increasing presence in P. O. Canyon, with 14 mostly males there in Jun and a hatch-year bird seen 31 Jul (CL). Irregular w. to the R.G.V., a Red-head- ed Woodpecker pair nested successfully at Algodones, where the ads. were feed - ing fledglings 18 Jul (ph. JJ). Noteworthy for the Manzano Mountains was a family group of 5 American Three-toed Wood - peckers on a ridge above Red Canyon 26 Jun (AJ); in the Sacramento Mountains, one was near Cloudcroft 12 Jul (CR). A Black Phoebe was e. to Pajarito Creek near Tucumcari 20 Jun (CR) and 17 Jul (WE), the second consecutive year for the species there; this species continued to populate its n. New Mexico range, in - cluding 2 at Bloomfield 5 Jun (DH), one there is evidence for harriers breeding in at least 20 of New Mexico's 33 counties. A Com - mon Black Hawk was in seldom-visited Black Canyon, Aldo Leopold Wilderness, ne. Grant 5 Jun (MR). Unusual for the date was a Solitary Sandpiper at Alameda 26 Jun (DC); unusual for the locale was another in Guadalupe Can - yon 25 Jul (JP, JO). Unseasonal was a Whim- brel at Caballo Lake 6 Jul (ph. DJC). Three Marbled Godwits reached E.B.L. 28 Jun (ph. DJC). Seven White-rumped Sandpipers were near McAlister, Quay 6 Jun (CR); very late were 2—both possibly injured—at B.L.N.W.R. 20 Jun (R. VanBuskirk). An ad. Long-tailed Jaeger flew over Tucumcari 17 Jul (WE); no jaeger is expected in New Mexico in mid-Jul. Up to 12 California Gulls were at E.B.L. 2 Jun– 14 Jul, including 2 ads. "tossing sticks" 9 Jun (ph. DJC). Three late Caspian Terns were at SA Certainly unexpected was a singing Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush in Nutria Canyon, Zuni Mountains, McKinley 18 Jul (v.r. CR, v.r. WE, v.r. NH, ph. R. Clark, ph. N. Pederson). Filling the densely forested, well-watered canyon with song, especially in the morning and early evening, the nightingale-thrush was seen and heard multiple times be - tween 0900 and 1830, but extensive searching the following day failed to relocate it (fide JP), as did subsequent surveys 22 Jul and 4 Aug (fide MB). This occurrence represented the fourth confirmed record for this Mexican mountain species in the United States, following spring singles in s. Texas 8 Apr 1996 and 28 May 2004 and, more recently, a summer record of one singing in the Black Hills of North Dakota 10 Jul–19 Aug 2010. Roseate Spoonbill is irregular in its occurrence in New Mexico; this im- mature was at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Chaves County 8-31 (here 31) July 2015. Photograph by Mouser Williams. This subadult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County, New Mexico 2 June 2015. The species now occurs annually in summer in New Mexico and has nested several times. Photograph by Sonja E. Mendoza. Unexpected in New Mexico in early July, this Whimbrel was at Elephant Butte Lake, Sierra County 6 July 2015. Photograph by David J. Cleary.

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